Tens of thousands of South African drivers are at risk of suffering potentially deadly injuries as a result of faulty airbags, which can explode on impact. This is according to The Power Report in the Sunday Times.
The report states that at least eight people have died internationally as a result of the defective airbags, with more than 100 people injured.
More than 270,000 Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda vehicles – models made between 2001 and 2014 – in South Africa are part of what the report calls one of the “worst global recall crises in automotive history”.
“From the first death related to a Takata airbag and the recall of 500,000 Hondas in 2009… some 30 million cars have been recalled worldwide,” stated the report.
Takata admitted in June that its airbags were faulty, and now faces multiple lawsuits.
The Power Report stated that this information has not been properly shared with local motorists, and car manufacturers have only sent out limited website statements and press releases.
The National Consumer Commission recall guidelines on the matter, which encourage prominent recall notices and adverts, are bypassed in SA as recall letters are handled by the eNatis system.
Due to a legal technicality, the guidelines are unenforceable, stated the report.
The report listed several Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and Nissan models available in South Africa which are affected by the potentially faulty airbags.
The full report is available in the Sunday Times 13 September 2015 edition.